Michigan Appeals Court Throws Out $1 Million Verdict in Death of Boy

In this update from a story we first brought you six years ago, the state appeals court threw out a $1 million verdict in the death of a boy at a Grand Traverse County Fair.

6-year-old Ezekiel Goodwin was riding his bike when he was hit by a pickup at the Northwestern Michigan Fair in 2012.

In 2016 a jury found the fair association responsible and awarded $1 million to the boy’s estate.

But this week, the appeals court ordered a new trial, saying jurors should have been allowed to consider possible negligence by Ezekiel’s father, Jeff Goodwin.

The fair said Goodwin let his son ride alone on a service road.

Goodwin says he believed the road was closed to cars during the fair.